Isaiah 61:4 – “They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated; they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations.”
Some Theologians believe Isaiah 61:4 is referring to God’s promise to restore and rebuild the Jewish people who were held in captivity, destruction and ruin for many years.
Not only were the walls and buildings of their cities left in ruin, but their doctrine and worship almost non-existent. These people faced the overwhelming task of rebuilding their homes, their lives, and also their faith. Today, we face so many trials that come against our home, relationships, and health. This causes us to feel overwhelmed, enslaved, and even hopeless. Many of these things leave us broken and emotionally destroyed.
We can let our feelings enslave us to the point of being consumed in a cycle of self destruction, feeling we have nowhere to turn and no way to restore our brokenness. But God can use all of those things, those experiences, and those hurts to strengthen our faith, renew our minds, and build our character. He is the restorer of our Faith and the architect of our new life in Him. Imagine dropping a beautiful glass vase on the floor, shattering it in a million pieces. You may try to piece some of the glass back together, but in honesty, it would be difficult to fit each piece together so that the vase would reveal the beauty and the purpose that it once held. But just as the scripture spoke of rebuilding, the Bible says Jesus is our cornerstone. Jesus can take these same shards of broken glass and turn that broken vase into a beautiful stained glass window.
“For I know the plans I have for you declares the lord, the plans to prosper you, and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11
He is in the restoration business, for God sees the end and the purpose he created. He takes all of your past, your mistakes and your accomplishments to mold and develop you for your true purpose.
You are a wonderful creation, an overcomer, a re-builder and a finisher.
Leigh Anne is the wife to CityHope Associate Pastor, Dale Ryals, and is the mom of one! She works at CrowderGulf Disaster Management as an Emergency Management specialist. She loves to read, going to the beach and spending time with her family!